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PEPC Media Launch

PEPC Media Launch

On Tuesday 23rd October 2012, the penile cancer module on the award winning http://www.healthtalkonline.org was launched at the Royal Society, London.  The module was the final outcome from an 18-month project called ‘Patients’ Experiences of Penile Cancer’ (PEPC – pronounced pepsi) funded by the Research for Patient Benefit programme of the National Institute for Health … Continue reading

  • In a two hour lecture introducing behaviourism to first year undergraduate psychology students, I decided to try embedding a twitter feed into the presentation.  I hoped that the twitter feed would allow students to anonymously ask questions about the content of the lecture.  I had quizes and votes throughout the presentation to test their knowledge and to show them that they were learning.  For example, when I asked if they could explain the meaning of the word 'behaviour', none of them said yes and all of them said no.  After I went through the two different definitions of 'behaviour' I returned to the same question (can they explain the meaning of the word) and most of them said yes.  Nevertheless, I wanted to explore ways of encouraging questions, which is why I turned to twitter. I turned to twitter at two points; at a break after 40 minutes and at the end once I'd gone over how the material was linked to the learning outcomes.  Admittedly, I forgot to look at the twitter feed after the break. I told them about it and that they could use the #beh2012.  I've never used a twitter feed during a lecture, so I need a bit more practice so that I remember to refer to it after the break and before commencing with the rest of the material. At the end of the lecture, there were five tweets (one of which - @threeprisoners - was mine), which you can see in the screen shot.  The four student tweets came up a youtube clip played summarising behaviourism.  As you can see, the tweets didn't relate to the material directly.  I had mentioned my puppy in relation to the contemporary training (conditioning) of animals.  I did use that as an opportunity to go over conditioning again (I said it would take a long time to toilet train my puppy, so could not bring her in until that was successful). There was a lot of laughter as the tweets came up on the screen.  While my attempt to get questions about content were unsuccesful, the twitter feed added a jovial element that should build up rapport so that students feel able to ask about the course in later lectures. For those interested in the technology, I used prezi.com to create the presentation.  The twitter feed is a flash file I found online and uploaded into website.  Here's the full prezi on behaviourism - the twitter is visible at the break and the end. http://prezi.com/oekzenp9ulkb/the-rise-fall-of-behaviourism/

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